A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

literature
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

THE BLUE DAY BOOK – A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up (article first published : 2003-08-24)

Bradley Trevor Greives is an animal lover, as can be seen from the delightful pictures in the uplifting little The Blue Day Book – A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up. Bradley was born in Australia’s island state of Tasmania and has been gainfully employed as an artist, cartoonist, furniture and toy designer, animation director, screenwriter, and paratroop platoon commander!

Currently living in Sydney, he divides much of his time between Los Angeles and New York. He supports the Taronga Foundation which does vitally important research and breeding programmes on animals, and where one can even become a “Zoo Parent”.

The photographs of the various animals are wonderfully depictive of the moods mentioned in the book, and one can easily relate human feelings to the expressions on the animals’ faces.

Many of us have “been there … done that” in that horrible little corner we all seem to visit now and then, especially when we feel the whole world is against us and we are really feeling sorry for ourselves.

By capturing similar-seeming moods in animals, the photographs make delightful statements: like “feeling lousy” (a sad-looking bulldog), “grumpy” (a baleful eyed hippo), “lonely” (a baby seal alone on an ice pack) and “utterly exhausted” (a male lion flopped across a piece of deadwood) or those “days when you feel small and insignifcant” (a baby turtle struggling towards the sea).

Head for the book when you feel people are deliberately picking on you and think you really just can’t go on. You’ll find images relating to “indulging in binges” and “finding new wrinkles”, and then the eventual discovery that if we take time to relax and analyse the situation, we can discover that life is not as bad as we make it out to be. There is a rainbow at the end of the dark clouds.

The book also shows how pleasant life can be if we just gave it a try. Take up “wild, crazy, bohemian dancing” (two hares leaping about) or find that blissful kind of feeling by “just sliding into a hot bubble bath” (a dreamy-faced seal). And of course, there’s always “karaoke” (a hilarious photograph of two Zebra with their mouths wide open!)

We all know people who are feeling down and unwanted, and this little book will tell them that you are feeling for them. It will let them know that you care and want them to know that life can, and will, only get better.

To find out how you can become a “Zoo Parent” or make a donation to The Taronga Foundation’s research and breeding programmes, visit their website at www.tarongafoundation.com

The cost of the book is R71. Published by Random House, it is available in all bookstores. – Sue Holloway




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart